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York Cold War Bunker

Address: Monument Close, off Acomb Road, York YO24 4HT, England
Phone Number: +44 1904 646940
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Ranked #17 of 214 things to do in York
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Experience the threat of nuclear war at York Cold War Bunker! On a fascinating guided tour, learn...
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Type: Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: Experience the threat of nuclear war at York Cold War Bunker! On a fascinating guided tour, learn how volunteers would have played a vital role in ensuring that Britain could survive a nuclear attack. The atmospheric 1960s semi-subterranean bunker is just as it was when stood down in 1991, and the one hour guided tour is enhanced by a short film. Winter opening: Every Sunday, admission by guided tour at the following times: 10.00, 11.15, 11.45, 13.00, 14:15, And 15:00.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

I have never been a heritage site before that has struck me so vividly. Maybe it's because the bunker was in use for at least some of my life-time, but I think the way the interior has been preserved and the story-telling skills of our guide would have had an impact on teenagers as well. Haunting and unsettling, a visit... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

The guided tour was fantastic and very informative and gave me a true understanding of its importance to York and the country during the cold war.the guide was great she new everything about the bunker and even sister sites too and was really funny and freidly. Thou it is a shame the bunker is only open on a Sunday. But... More 

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Birkdale, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

Unexpected find in Acomb. Very well run and all explained clearly with questions answered. Amazing to think these places were needed. Well kept in good condition.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

English Heritage book said no need to book a tour, but would try to ring ahead to at least find out what time the tours are on. Not well signposted, so SatNav useful to find it. Limited parking.We just missed a tour and there is no where to wait for an hour until the next, s we walked into town... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Visited on Sunday after getting a recommendation from another heritage site. Place is a bit out of the way, you can get a bus from the station / drive but a bit far to walk. Any visitor needs to plan carefully when they visit as tours only at certain times of the day and no way to book them. The... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Having driven to York for 20 miles, then caught a bus to the site, found the gates locked with no information as to how to proceed. A foriegn lady who was queing on the steps that we coud not get to, told us that the next tours were full, which would have meant a 2 hour wait for the next... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

I took my 7yo son as part of York Residents weekend. The tour was great and the guide was very well informed. I'd definitely recommend - although some children (and adults!) might find the introductory video a bit hard hitting. That said you need some understanding of the historical context in order to really appreciate the tour.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

An extremely interesting place to visit. Sadly not enough visitors go and subsequently the council will not invest in road signage to advertise its whereabouts. Make the effort. It's well worth it.

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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

I live in Acomb but only visited the Bunker recently. It was great to see and the Guide was very good. It took about an hour which included a short film.

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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Me and my wife visited the cold war bunker on a special residents festival weekend where it was free to residents and discounted to others people who were unable to get the free 40 tickets. Excellent 1 hour tour taking you through the whole bunker with a short video to explain the history at the start. It is run by... More 

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